Unpacking the Black Box of Complex Trauma Based Physiotherapy Interventions
Trauma survivors present with a wide range of physical and psychological symptoms leading to disorders including PTSD, anxiety, depression, persistent pain and chronic stress. The impact of this at an individual level results in a decrease in functioning, resilience and social participation.
Physical therapy interventions have great potential to help address these challenges and are increasingly relevant in the current climate. This session utilizes a case study approach to explore key challenges for trauma survivors and physiotherapists working in the field. This will be complemented by an in-depth appreciation of the way in which physiotherapy interventions can be implemented and evaluated to optimise functional status, social participation and coping in traumatized individuals.
- Define key factors and representative impairments associated with mental and physical status, social participation and health related quality of life in individuals who have experienced trauma
- Explore challenges faced by physiotherapists working with trauma survivors
- Identify physiotherapy intervention methods and applications applied in the management of psychological and physical symptoms, social participation, and quality of life in traumatized individuals
- Consider approaches to developing and evaluating complex trauma-based physiotherapy interventions across varied populations and settings